ARC, blog tour, contemporary, Erotica, fantasy, ya

⛱️ June TBR β›±οΈ

I could not bring myself to set up a tbr this month. I mean, I kind of have one? I have 21 books I want to read. I mean, I know I’ve been reading 12 a month, so that’s a little over half, but dang. I just can’t decide! Too many good things!

First let’s take a look at this month’s Words & Whimsy Reading Challenge!

I am so excited to be on the Autumn Court! We had a twist this month – it’s actually Seelie vs Unseelie! Unseelie FTW! Now, let’s get into these books I can’t wait to read.

There you have it. My super huge tbr. What do you think? Do we share any of the same books? What is your first book for June? Let me know in the comments below!
I’m starting with Seven Endless Forests!

Until next time…

adult, book meme, book tag, contemporary, Erotica, mystery, Romance

πŸ§› Down the TBR Part 24 πŸ§›

Sheesh I don’t know what happened this week. I’ve joined a workout/nutrition accountability group and it’s been hard to work that into my routine along with everything else! It also didn’t help I was going to sleep before 8pm every night. ONE DAY I will figure out how to stay up like an adult. One day.

So I chose the vampire emoji today because 8/15 books we are looking at today are vampire books! I loved Crave recently, so maybe I’ll find another series to keep!

We are starting at 1790 books. Let’s see where we end!

βœ” What I Kept βœ”

Obsessed by Susan Andersen

An ER physician stalked! It’s two of my favorite things – medicine and crime! Not that I do crimes. I just like reading them.

Marked by PC Cast and Kristin Cast

I had this marked as read, but I have zero recollection of it. Apparently I read it 4 years ago. It sounds good, so I’ll give this series a go.

Body Work by Fiona Brand

A novelist doesn’t know where her inspiration came from – real life events she has blocked. Now the killer wants to silence her. Yesssss.

Lust by Violet Blue

Set of sexy short stories. I’m remembering this for when I have my next slump!

✘ What I Deleted ✘

Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse #4. I’ve read the whole series previously!

What Stella Wants by Nancy Bartholomew

It’s listed as romance/mystery, but just didn’t catch my attention.

The Silken Web by Sandra Brown

Sounds too much of a chick lit romance.

You’ve Got Male by Elizabeth Bevarly

The synopsis was a little weird. Seems very chick lit.

Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

I’m not a huge fan of his. Just not my style.

Well we are ending at 1782! Slowly but surely making it through the pile. I’m excited for the new vampire series I found. I hope it lives up to my expectations! I will say they are high after reading Crave!

What did you think of my choices? Would you have done anything different? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, contemporary, Erotica, One Star Book, Romance, ya

🏈 Jane’s Team ARC Review πŸˆ

🏈 Title : Jane’s Team
🏈 Author : Janie Marie
🏈 Publisher : Kindle
🏈 Publish Date : April 2, 2020
🏈 Genre : YA, Romance, Sports
🏈 Book Form : E-ARC
🏈 Pages : 375 pages
🏈 Dates Read : Apr 25 – Apr 28
🏈 Rating : 🏈.5

🏈 Thank you to Netgalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own. 🏈

When you’re in love with your best friend, life is complicated. When he’s also your stepbrother, it’s a nightmare.

Jane’s apparently a magnet for chaos. Because now she’s agreed to tutor her stepbrother’s enemy, and that sexy bad boy might have a thing for her. She might also love that a tingle surrounds her soul whenever he’s close. Throw his two brothers into the mix, dangerous rivals looking to destroy every one of them, and parents controlling her love life. It’s safe to say she’s wandered into the apocalypse.

At least being torn between four hot guys isn’t the end of the world. Just kidding. It totally is. But they’ll all realize something.

Jane’s the ruler of her life. No one else. Long live the queen . . . and her kings.

– Goodreads

Okay, look. I can get down with some freaky, forbidden romances. Don’t bother me one little bit. However, there were some glowering issues with this book. The more I thought about it, the more mad I got. That’s why you see the rating changed from 3 stars on my April wrap up to 1.5 stars now.

This story follows Jane who has been in love with her step-brother, David, since before they were step siblings. She also has a crush on the jerk next door, Ryder. Jane is forced to tutor Ryder, star of the football team, and learns maybe he isn’t such a jerk after all. Then somehow his two brothers Luc and Tercero are factored in and she just.can’t.choose. Four super hot guys fawning over this girl who’s never even been kissed.

It starts with Ryder and David, and they decide to share and let her explore and make up her mind. Then comes the other two brothers, and they decide to be one big happy family.

All that? Good. Doesn’t bother me one bit. You know what DOES bother me? THE MEN IN THIS BOOK!

I felt every man was so misogynist and just, ugh. They didn’t treat Jane with respect at all. They all try to boss her around. It was the things that were said to her that really pissed me off. Jane, of course, was very insecure in their arrangement. She wanted all the guys, yes, but she was scared of how they would be perceived. Constantly wondered why she couldn’t just choose one. She would say things like, “I’m so dumb” or “I’m such a how” and the boys would smirk their sexy smirk, say “I know.” or “A little” and start kissing her. WHAT?! I thought about this for days after and just kept getting more and more angry. Who says that to someone they ‘love’?! It didn’t seem to be in a joking manner, either. They just.. almost seemed like they were saying it to shut her up? I don’t know. I’m getting angry thinking about it again.

The romance scenes weren’t bad. They were spicy and well done. Like I said, that wasn’t the issue.

This is also an alternate universe for the author’s Gods and Monsters series. You don’t have to read that to understand this book. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be picking it up.

Have you read Jane’s Team or Gods and Monsters? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

ARC, blog tour, contemporary, Erotica, fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, ya

β˜” April TBR β˜”

I am so excited for April! As I mentioned in my last post, Words & Whimsy has started their own reading game! The theme is dinos! πŸ¦– I’m team T-Rex! πŸ¦– Here’s a peek at our very open, interpretative criteria, our mini game, and instagram challenge!

Since you can see our criteria, let’s dive right in!

Okay, I know, I know. 14 books is A LOT. Like, I’m only reading about 10 a month. HOWEVER. As of right now, I’m only working about 20 hours a week. That’s like, almost 30 hours less than normal. I am going to use that time to read! And play with the toddler. But also read! One of his favorite things to do is cuddle in the chair and read or watch Blippi. I plan to take full advantage of that in the mornings before work.

So a little breakdown on why I chose what I did. 10 of my books are arcs, so I just fit them where I could. I love Marie Lu, so I had to include her newest book. I’ve been wanting to read Belle Revolte since I heard about it and begged asked for an arc. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Serpent and Dove. It was my most anticipated release the month it came out. I bought it on release day. So why haven’t I read it?! And finally, Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend. I have heard nothing but bad things about this one. But it’s like a train wreck I think? Or Tiger King? So bad you just can’t.look.away. So obviously, for dino month, I had to give it a try.

What do you think about my TBR? What’s on your list for April? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, Erotica, Horror, review, Romance, three star book

πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ Hungry for Your Love Review πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ

πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ Title: Hungry For Your Love
πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ Author: Lori Perkins (anthology)
πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ Publish Date: September 28, 2010
πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ Book Form: Ebook
πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ Pages: 384
πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ Genre: Horror, Zombies, Anthology, Romance
πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ Dates Read: Mar 23 – Mar 27
πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ Rating: πŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈπŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈπŸ§Ÿβ€β™€οΈ

Romance ain’t dead…it’s undead. In this thrilling zombie anthology, horror fans will finally get their fill of zombie-on-zombie action, zombie-human love, and zombie smut. Because why should vampires have all the fun?

– Goodreads

What an interesting read. I chose to read this book this month because it had been on my TBR the longest. I kept it during one of my Down the TBR posts! I wanted to see how zombie romance was done. It was interesting because the stories were all very different, but had a lot of the same elements – like zombies eating animal brains instead of humans.

I loved reading the intro by Lori Perkins that showed how she decided to write zombie romance. Everyone said it couldn’t be done. Well guess what guys? She did it.

Some of the stories were cringey. One was so explicit in the violence I almost felt like I couldn’t read it. Some were cingey in the ‘oh it’s a zombie having sex with skin falling off’ way.

My favorite story was White Night, Black Horse by Mercy Loomis. It involved voodoo and sorcerers and gave me old school New Orleans vibes. It instantly stood out to me and was a story I kept thinking about.

Overall, this book wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. Most stories weren’t awful, just meh. Middle of the road. White Night, Black Horse was the only stand out to me. I might have liked this book more had I read it a few years ago when I was super into The Walking Dead and zombie stuff. If you’re a fan of zombies, I would definitely give this a try. You’ll see them in a whole new light!

Have you read Hungry for Your Love? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, blog tour, contemporary, Erotica, LGBT, ya

⏲️ 24 in 48 Readathon β²οΈ

Hey guys! Normally I’d do stacking the shelves today, but I learned the 24 in 48 readathon was this weekend so I thought I’d join in!

This is hosted by 24in48. You can sign up here and follow their twitter here!

So far I have clocked only 2 hours and 42 minutes of reading. I had an author chat today, so that took up a bit of time. It was worth it though! Talking to Eric Smith was SO FUN! I also started late like at 8AM.

Here’s my TBR for this weekend!

I’m about 70% through We Are the Wildcats and I’m not loving it as much as I thought I would, which is a shame. Apparently the author was involved in a lot of drama that I didn’t know about so that’s awkward. I should finish today and start on Music From Another World! That is for a blogpost this week! It also has a lot better ratings and is written in epistolary style, which is my favorite! Last, I’ll read Hungry For Your Love, which has been on my TBR longest!

Are you participating in 24in48? What’s your tbr? How much have you read? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, contemporary, Erotica, Historical Fiction, mystery, Sci-Fi, ya

Down the TBR Part 15

This book meme is currently active over at Zezee with Books. Here’s what you do:

“A meme where we decide whether to keep or remove books on our TBR.Β The rules: Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf. Order on ascending date added. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Read the synopsesΒ of the books. Decide: keep itΒ or should it go?”

I’ve started doing this a little different. Same concept, but to cover more ground I’m going through one day at a time. Today we’ll examine all the books I added on July 15, 2015.

….Oof. Maybe not. So, I started getting all the books in a tab and it just kept going and going. Guys. I added 156 books that day! Whaaaat. That’s too many for one post. Cause I wouldn’t even want to read that. Let’s divide this up into a few posts. I’ll do 20 books this post, which is still kind of a lot, but I need to clear out this day! What was I thinking or doing? Lord.

Okay, so we’re starting at 1867. I’ve added a lot of arcs and books I found on other blogs. But maybe we can cut that number down!

βœ” What I Kept βœ”

βœ” Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

I have almost picked this book up many times. I need to get to it soon!

βœ” Creation in Death by JD Robb

This is #25 in the series, but it sounds so good. Do I need to read these in order? Can I commit to a 25+ book series?!

βœ” Salvation in Death by JD Robb

This one sounds good too! Please let me know if I need to read these in order.

βœ” The Stranger I Married by Sylvia Day

I love a good historical romance. This one sounds great!

βœ” Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

I love Charlaine, and I love a good cozy mystery.

✘ What I Deleted ✘

✘ Night Terror by John Passarella

I’m gonna get flack for this, I know. But I’m just not that into Supernatural anymore? Sorry, fandom!

✘ Before Sunrise by Diana Palmer

Just seems like typical chick-lit love story. Nothing jumps out at me.

✘ The Final Kill by Meg O’Brien

This one started off sounding great, but then it kind of turned into a political thriller so it kind of lost me.

✘ Free Spirit by Fern Michaels

Another chick-lit that isn’t sparking my interest.

✘ Wish List by Fern Michaels

Another chick lit. Honestly, these seem like something my grandma would read, which isn’t bad. We just don’t have the same taste.

✘ Dear Emily by Fern Michaels

Same as above.

✘ The Vampire Diaries books 1 & 2

I loved the tv show. The books? Not so much. One of the rare instances where TV was better than the original. I DNF’d book 1.

✘ The Vampire Diaries books 3 & 4

I couldn’t get through the first two soo…

✘ Irish Trilogy Collection by Nora Roberts

They all just seem typical love stories. Nothing sticks out at me.

✘ Birthright by Nora Roberts

It just sounded… eh.

✘ Born in.. Series by Nora Roberts

These all take place in Ireland, which is cool, but they’re all just romances. I usually need a little more than just a typical romance.

✘ Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts

Like the ones before, I guess. This sounded like it had more action, but it still didn’t really catch my attention.

✘ The Dark City by Catherine Fisher

This is a YA series, but I’m just not really into secret relics and like, kind of historical science fiction? It’s kind of hard to explain, I just know this isn’t for me.

Horde by Ann Aguirre

Number 3 in the series, but the synopsis of the first didn’t really sound great.

Sara’s Song by Fern Michaels

This has a doctor MC, which is usually an automatic keep, but its just a weird love triangle. Which usually I like, but this one seems super weird.

So, here’s where we stand. I am ending the TBR at 1852. I deleted 15/20, so that’s not bad! I’m excited to do my next post! From what I have just glanced at, I’ll be deleting a lot from this day.

What do you think about what I kept and deleted? Did I make any mistakes? Do I have to read the JD Robb series in order? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, ARC, Erotica, fantasy, Historical Fiction, mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, ya

February 2020 Wrap Up

I felt a little better about this month! I read more than last month, which was nice. I think overall I enjoyed my books more, too. Let’s jump right in to what I read this month!

Ebooks Read

  1. Harmony by Addison Jane β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  2. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  3. Second Star by JM Sullivan β˜…β˜…β˜…
  4. The Girl’s Weekend by Jody Gehrman β˜…β˜…β˜…
  5. We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo β˜…β˜…β˜…
  6. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  7. Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black β˜…β˜…β˜…
  8. Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen β˜…β˜…β˜…

Audiobooks Read

  1. Human Errors by Nathan H Lents β˜…β˜…β˜…
  2. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  3. Buried Deep by Margot Hunt β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  4. My Lost Family by Danny Ben-Moshe β˜…β˜…β˜…

I had two favorite books this month – The Shadows Between Us and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder! They were my only 5 star reads and so totally different. The Shadows Between Us is a fantasy about two bad people falling in love and being bad together. It was great. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder’s inspiration came from true crime podcasts and it totally had that feel!

My least favorite book was probably Second Star or Lock and Key. Second Star was a sci-fi Peter Pan retelling and I just didn’t really connect with anyone. Lock and Key was like a day-to-day in the life of a teenager and it just wasn’t very enticing to me.

Stats

  • Goodreads Goal: 21/165. I’m 5 books behind schedule now, which is one more than last month. However, I read more so I think if I can keep up the pace I can get back on track!
  • I read 3204 pages, almost double last month! I also listened to 12 hours, 45 minutes, which is only two hours less than last month. My average rating was 3.5.
  • I read 1 erotica, 2 fantasy, 1 historical fiction, 3 mystery, 3 nonfic, 1 romance and 1 sci-fi.
  • I read 6 YA, 4 adult, and 1 new adult! I read 6 ARCs this month which was way better than last month.

Yearly Goals Check In

I didn’t think about doing this last month, so we will start here!

  • Monthly goal of 15 books a month – I read 12, 3 more than last month. I’m slowly getting there!
  • TBR Goal – I’ve kept up my TBR posts and even did a bonus post! I want to read 20 books off my tbr. I think I am at 3. I probably need to pick up the pace on that. I also want to get my TBR below 1800. I’m at 1904 so we’re getting there!
  • Words & Whimsy – I’ve done one author chat so far this year and I’m already scheduled for a couple more! It was so fun and I remembered why I loved it so much!
  • Book Battle – I used a lot of arcs that have been released as recs this month so that was great! I think I only missed two days of my discussion this month so that’s better!
  • My Blog – I wanted to do more blog tours and I think I have 3 coming in March! I wanted to up my follower count to over 150. I’m already at 151 in two months! THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!! As of right now, I’m not going to up this. I”m just going to see where this year takes me. I also wanted to post at least every other day. Earlier this month I missed a few days, but I’ve been going good these last couple of weeks!
  • I wanted to keep up with my Owlcrate reading planner. That lasted all of a week. However, I have kept up with 3 book log spreadsheets, so I say that’s still a win! I also thought about getting back into bookstagram, but that’s on the back burner for now. I’m doing good just to keep up with what I got!

How many books did you read this month? What was your favorite and least favorite? How are you on your goodreads goal? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, ARC, contemporary, Erotica, fantasy, Historical Fiction, retelling, Romance, Sci-Fi, thriller, ya

February 2020 TBR

It is FINALLY February! I don’t know about you guys, but January seemed to drag on FOREVER! Especially this last week. But it’s a new month, and I’m going to try to hit it hard with my reading!

Below I’ll show you the 15 books I have on my TBR and the criteria I’m using them for! Book Battle stars anew today, and I’m hoping to lead my team to victory! Come join in the competitive reading fun here!

  1. Book by an Author Named Jane – Harmony by Addison Jane
  2. House on the Cover – The Girl’s Weekend by Jody Gehrman
  3. Book Set in England – We are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo
  4. Retelling – Second Star by JM Sullivan
  5. Set in the Past – Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black
  6. Club Read 1 – A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
  7. Club Read 2 – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  8. Criteria Choice 1 – Book by Tricia Levenseller – The Shadows Between Us
  9. Criteria Choice 2 – Book With a Dress on the Cover – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  10. Female Author – A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  11. Book That Has Been on Your TBR for Over a Year – Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
  12. Book About Love – Together We Caught Fire by Eva V. Fibson
  13. Book You Keep Hearing About – Blood Countess by Lana Popovic
  14. Standalone – Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power
  15. Black MC – The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis

So, eleven of my books are ARCs. I’d love to put a dent in my ARC pile! The club reads are sequels – we can read any books in the series! I received a lovely finished copy of Blood Countess so I’m excited to check that one out as well!

What’s on your TBR this month? Have any thoughts on mine? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, ARC, blog tour, contemporary, Erotica, Five Star Book, Four Star Book, Horror, ownvoices, Romance, three star book, thriller, ya

January 2020 Wrapup

Yall, this was NOT my month. I said I wanted to read 15 books a month. Well. I only got to 9. I was in a super huge slump for a majority of the month and I’m not sure why.

Anyway, I’ll tell you what books I read, my monthly stats, and how my Goodreads goal is looking!

EBOOKS READ

  1. Grey by EL James – 3 stars. Not my favorite. Took me almost a week to read.
  2. The Center of the Universe by Ria Voros – 3.5 stars. Much better than Grey, but not my favorite book of the month.
  3. Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith – 5 stars. Favorite book of the month and maybe top 5 of the year?! Yes, it was THAT GOOD.
  4. Idol Thoughts by JS Lee – 4 stars. Cute, fun reverse harem featuring a K-Pop group. Great slump buster!
  5. The Wives by Tarryn Fisher – 4 stars. Had some great twists. The middle of the book had me so surprised.

AUDIOBOOKS READ

  1. I’m a Therapist and My Patient is Going to be the Next School Shooter by Dr. Harper – 3.5 stars. I thought these were real stories. They were not. Ending got kind of weird.
  2. Call Me God by Jim Clemente – 4 stars. Great book about the DC Sniper and how the FBI profiled them.
  3. Evil Has a Name by Paul Holes – 4 stars. Great follow up to I’ll Be Gone in the Dark about the Golden State Killer.
  4. Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen – 4 Stars. It made me want to take up being an at-home detective! But really, he is doing great work.

Now for some stats!

First off, my Goodreads goal. 9/165. I’m 4 books behind schedule. I already have a plan for next month and I’m hoping to hit it!

I read 1697 pages and did 14 hours, 32 minutes of listening! My average rating was 3.88 stars.
I read three nonfic, two contemporary, two erotica, one horror, and one thriller. There were seven adult books and two YA. I only read one ARC this month. One of my books was #ownvoices!

What does your monthly wrap up look like? Did you read any of these books! Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…